Examiner: Meadows: Subpoenas sent to Mueller may be invalid

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Washington, June 26, 2019 | comments

Meadows: Subpoenas sent to Mueller may be invalid

by Daniel Chaitin

 | June 26, 2019 12:01 AM

Rep. Mark Meadows said the subpoenas compelling former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify next month may be invalid.

Reacting to news that Mueller agreed to testify about the Russia investigation, Meadows called the whole thing a "sham" orchestrated by Democrats to "harass" President Trump.

"I just find it just unbelievable that here in Congress tonight, we find out about this on the House floor. They don't even go through normal protocol to let the minority know," the North Carolina Republican said Tuesday evening on Fox News. "They broke House rules. I'm not sure the subpoena is valid because you can't issue the same subpoena from two different committees of jurisdiction."

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced Mueller's agreement to testify July 17 before an open joint session of their committees.

The Democrats shared the letter they sent accompanying the subpoenas they each issued to Mueller.

The Justice Department released Mueller's 448-page report with redactions in April, which showed his team did not establish any criminal conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Mueller also outlined 10 scenarios of possible obstruction in his report, but declined to make a determination about whether the president obstructed justice.

Although Trump and his allies say the case is closed, Democrats argue Mueller's refusal to clear Trump on obstruction provides them a road map to continue to investigate and possibly seek impeachment. Attorney General William Barr said he and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence to establish a crime had occurred.

In his only public appearance since being appointed special counsel, Mueller indicated he would not say anything that is not already evident in his 448-page report. "We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself and the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress," he said.

Meadows said Mueller can expect to be "cross-examined for the first time, and the American people will start to see the flaws in his report."


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